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Sep 13 2022

The Japan Professional Baseball League is restarted

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After three months of disruption due to the pandemic, the Japan Professional Baseball League became the vanguard of professional sports events in Japan and took the lead in starting the tournament.

On Friday (June 19), the Japan Professional Baseball League restarted its games after a three-month wait, becoming the first event in Japan to restart after the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, marking a big step forward for Japanese sports ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The professional baseball league, which was scheduled to open on March 20, was postponed due to the expansion of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, and three active players were confirmed to be infected with the new crown virus at the end of March.

In the first match of the Central League, the two-time defending champion Yomiuri Giants defeated the Hanshin Tigers 3-2 and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5-1 victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars. The Tokyo Yakult Swallows played at home against the China-Japan Dragons.

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Among the Pacific League teams, the three-time Japanese champion Fukuoka Soft Silver Hawks defeated the Chiba Rod Oceans 2-1 after a 10-game battle, while the Saitama Seibu Lions defeated the Hokkaido Japanese Ham Fighters 3-0. The Northeast Rakuten Golden Eagles defeated the Orix Bison 9-1.

For baseball fans, winning or losing the night was secondary, as the hot-blooded baseball players brought them the long-awaited relaxation and entertainment.

The Yomiuri Giants made history in the game, becoming the first team in the history of Japanese professional baseball to win 6,000 wins. Head coach Tatsutoshi Hara said: "The long-awaited tournament has finally begun. On this mixed day, it makes a lot of sense to have a good start, and I'm really happy. ”

More than just a game

Although last Friday's tournament was played without spectators and the contestants could not clap each other, it was undoubtedly an exhilarating race for the Japanese who have experienced challenges over the past few months.

In a statement, The head of the Japanese Professional Baseball League, Saito, said baseball has an inspiring responsibility on its shoulders.

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has not been completely contained," he said. 2020 will be a special year and we have to finish this season and enter the Japanese competition. We have a responsibility to carry on this year's experience into next year.2 ”

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